The classic role-playing game comes to life in this magical adventure. The empire of Izmer is a divided land: Elite magicians called Mages rule while lowly commoners are powerless. When Empress Savina (Thora Birch) vows to bring equality and prosperity to her land, the evil Mage Profion (Jeremy Irons) plots to depose her. But this good-vs.-evil battle is no game!
|Release Date||:||December 8, 2000|
|Genres||:||Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction|
|Production Company||:||New Line Cinema, Silver Pictures, Sweetpea Entertainment|
|Production Countries||:||Czech Republic, United States of America|
|Director||:||Courtney Solomon, Jakub Dvorak|
|Writers||:||Topper Lilien, Carroll Cartwright|
|Casts||:||Justin Whalin, Jeremy Irons, Thora Birch, Bruce Payne, Zoe McLellan, Marlon Wayans, Robert Miano, Tomas Havrlik, Lee Arenberg, Kristen Wilson, Martin Astles, David O'Kelly, Richard O'Brien, Matthew O'Toole, Edward Jewesbury|
|Plot Keywords||:||opression, emperor, verlies, governance, dragon, magician|
I have just watched this film for the first time, & can confirm it is worse than what I had heard it was. Now as a rule I don't always take note of reviews of films, even if they are bad, as certain films can be bad & still quite enjoyable, even if the acting & plot are okay. Unfortunately, this is not only all the above, but also pretty tiresome & downright tedious as well.
The main unknown (to me anyway) leading threesome are all dreadful & from this showing awful actors as well. Justin Whalin is just laughable & one of the worst heroes in a long while. Probably since Val Kilmers appalling performance in The Saint. Zoe Mclellan is pretty enough (which probably explains away her deficiencies amongst other reviewers) but is still dreadful. The worse though is Marlon Wayons, whose performance is not only awful & completely unfunny, but also of a racist nature. The rest of the actors are also bad, but at least the likes of Jeremy Irons, Bruce Payne & Thora Birch, know they are only slumming it, & are at least decent actors if the material is there.
The plot is also weird & ridiculous, with no explanation of what is going on, & the upsetting thing was that the poor dragons couldn't have snacked on the lot of them, which would of at least made it a happy ending, for us & the dragons anyway. If you want to see a well acted & well made fantasy film watch Lord of the Rings instead.